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  • Summary: Chronicles the life Frida Kahlo (Hayek) shared openly and unflinchingly with her mentor and husband, Diego Rivera (Molina), as this young couple took the art by storm. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. 88
    Sometimes we feel as if the film careens from one colorful event to another without respite, but sometimes it must have seemed to Frida Kahlo as if her life did, too.
  2. 83
    While the script of Frida struggles at times to be something more than an ordinary and-then-this-happened biography, there's a buoyancy to the direction and acting that make the film special.
  3. Endlessly interesting. It's about people who thought ideas and art mattered, which makes it a rarity today.
  4. 60
    Smart, willful, and perverse, this Frida is nobody's servant, and the tiny Hayek plays her with head held high. You may want to laugh now and then, but you won't look away. [11 November 2002, p. 195]
  5. 50
    Isn't terrible. It's just disappointingly superficial -- a movie that has all the elements necessary to be a fascinating, involving character study, but never does more than scratch the surface.
  6. I doubt if the results would have satisfied Kahlo, whose originality in matters of life, art, and ideas was vastly more far-reaching.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. [Anonymous]
    Dec 13, 2005
    Great performance by Salma Haykek and molina. A gorgeous film!
  2. Andrea
    May 25, 2006
    Great movie. Still, my hopes about this film were not high, so I can even say I enjoyed. Selma Hayek surprised me, positively. I did not expect her to be convincing enough, but she actually made me believe that she is Frida. Alfred Molina also seems to be good choice for the role of Diego Rivera. This movie is not just for Frida Kahlo fans and admirers, everybody should give it a chance. Expand
  3. gailk
    Oct 4, 2009
    Not sure why this movie is getting such lousy reviews-most reviewers speak to what is lacking in the film-this is a film worth watching if only for its vivid portrayals of characters larger than life. Really you only have an hour and a bit to look at the WHOLE life of an artist and in that respect this film speaks volumes. Expand

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